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Writing Wendl - attrition...

Status report on the current novel project, Wendl the Fallen : At around 60,000 words, I've killed off a couple of characters, which is usually an early sign that the story is finding me. The target is a rough draft of about 100,000 words in twelve chapters, which will trim down in re-write and editing to something like 70,000 words in ten chapters. I've never written a novel this dark before - or this funny. To be honest, I'm not at all sure I'll ever be able to finish it. Meanwhile, The Winged Child will be out in February. That is my best one so far.   Henry's books . If you would like Follow.it to deliver Drovers Gap blog directly to your email inbox, click here .  

What I'm Reading on my phone: Tom Lin...


Imagine G. Willow Wilson and Tea Obreht collaborating on a novel, with maybe a little help from James Lee Burke, Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, and you'd have a vague notion of the flavor of Tom Lin's The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu, but you still wouldn't quite taste Lin's uniquely intense and unsettling clarity.

It ought to be impossible to write such a bleak and bloody narrative and bind it up with hope. But Tom Lin has pulled it off in grand style.

 

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